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Microsoft, Signal E2EE needs Free Local, International Mobile and Landline Calling
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Microsoft, Signal E2EE needs Free Local, International Mobile and Landline Calling

“.... As more and more communications move online, it is up to companies to demonstrate they are on the side of human rights – the future of freedom of expression is partly in their hands.” Head of Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International, Joshua Franco, commenting on Microsoft's decision to introduce E2EE for Skype. Skype is finally getting with the times. This as they'll be following the likes of Facebook Messenger, Apple's iMessage and WhatsApp by rolling out E2EE (End-to-End Encryption) for all voice chat in the summer of 2018. Truly this is a long time coming as noted by Head of Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International, Joshua Franco, quote: “It is about time that Microsoft takes its users’ privacy seriously, and we are now calling on the company t...
Why WhatsApp New Unsend Message Feature Needs a Stealth Mode
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Why WhatsApp New Unsend Message Feature Needs a Stealth Mode

WhatsApp has finally stepped into the 21st Century with a much-need feature; Unsending a message. The WhatsApp unsend message feature allows you to withdraw an embarrassing message without suffering the consequences of your off-the-cuff comments. WhatsApp’s unsend message feature will be rolled out to Android, iOS and Windows Phone users on their next WhatsApp update. However, this is not a time machine; you cannot go back in time and delete messages from a recipient’s phone. So how does it work? And are there any limitations? WhatsApp unsend message feature - You cannot go back and take back what you said To unsend messages to your recipient follow the simple steps: Click and hold down on the message until you see the trash can icon appear in the menu. Select th...
How Check Point says Hackers can gain remote access to WhatsApp and Telegram
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How Check Point says Hackers can gain remote access to WhatsApp and Telegram

“The exploitation of this vulnerability starts with the attacker sending an innocent looking file to the victim, which contains malicious code, Once the user clicks to open it, the malicious file allows the attacker to access WhatsApp’s and Telegram’s local storage, where user data is stored” Check Point explaining in a blog post the security vulnerability affecting WhatsApp and Telegram Instant messenger people the web Browser version of WhatsApp or Telegram isn't safe. Security firm Check Point reported on March 15th 2017 that they had found a security vulnerability that let hackers to take over user accounts. This means hacker could potentially see: Conversations Photos Videos Contacts Shared files It’s bad enough that Whatsapp may already be selling out E2E...
WhatsApp adds Snapchat-like feature: WhatsApp Status
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WhatsApp adds Snapchat-like feature: WhatsApp Status

Move over Snapchat and Instagram Stories, there is a new player in the "videos/pictures that explodes in 24 hours market" -  Whatsapp Status! The WhatsApp Status feature is currently being rolled out and will allow users share photos, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that will be visible to selected or all friends in their contact list for 24 hours before disappearing. We are excited to announce that, coinciding with WhatsApp's 8th birthday on February 24, we are reinventing the status feature. Starting today, we are rolling out an update to status, which allows you to share photos and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp in an easy and secure way. Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted. - Whatsapp Blog
Digicel, FLOW support Ministry Of National Security Stay Alert App
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Digicel, FLOW support Ministry Of National Security Stay Alert App

“We started with just about two thousand subscribers last February, and increased that to just over 40,000 users of the App in less than a year. With this partnership with Digicel and Flow we hope to push the numbers to over one million in short order. I want to congratulate both organisations for agreeing to preload the App and for making it available for free to their customers” Minister of National Security Robert Montague speaking on Friday, January 27th, 2017 about the endorsement by Digicel and FLOW of the Stay Alert App Telecom Providers are teaming up....to fight crime with the Ministry Of National Security! Digicel and FLOW Jamaica on Friday, January 27, 2017 have decided to support the Stay Alert App, which I’d detailed in my article How Ministry Of National Security Sta...
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger may be sharing E2EE Keys with the NSA
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WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger may be sharing E2EE Keys with the NSA

“If WhatsApp is asked by a government agency to disclose its messaging records, it can effectively grant access due to the change in keys” Tobias Boelter, a cryptography researcher at the University of California in an interview with the Guardian Friday the 13th came and went, but I have so really scary news for you; WhatsApp is not secure. So says the Guardian newspaper, in a shocking expose that has me worried. The Guardian Newspaper in their report claims that there is a backdoor exist in WhatsApp's E2EE (End-to-End Encryption) scheme as described in Why Viber and WhatsApp going E2EE as Telecom Providers need encryption. This as WhatsApp can generate a set of extra encryption keys aside from the Public Key and the Private Key generate by the recipient and then send them ...
Skype for Linux Alpha with hostless group calling challenges WhatsApp
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Skype for Linux Alpha with hostless group calling challenges WhatsApp

There is a new Skype for Linux Alpha app in town from Microsoft. The latest update, version 1.12 bring hostless group calling along with other improvements to Linux users, joyous news to Ubuntu and Fedora users like myself: Improved authentication process with switch to Microsoft Account options General bug fixes and performance improvement This means simply that if you initiate a group call and suddenly leave the group call mid-way, it possible for you to rejoin that call, so long as all the member of the group call are intact. Something tells me that Skype, which had also re-launched allowing people to create a 24-hour hyperlink to initiate Skype calls from their website without having an account, will start to rise and seriously challenge WhatsApp. This move, a separat...
WhatsApp is the #1 Mobile Messaging App in the World
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WhatsApp is the #1 Mobile Messaging App in the World

Some say that WhatsApp is the the most popular mobile messaging app in the world. The app is now boasting one billion monthly active users. That's more than Facebook Messenger, more than iMessage, more than LINE, more than Skype; basically any and all popular mobile messenger apps in the world. Developing Economies driving growth WhatsApp has not been the dominant messaging service in developed the economies of North America and Europe. It has had the most success in the developing economies of South America, Central America, The Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa as can be seen in the chart below: 1 Billion WhatsApp Users Worldwide Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp raised a few eyebrows but since joining the Facebook family the user-base has actually doubled. 1 bil...